Alitalia will from 31 October launch its first ever scheduled direct flights between Italy and the Maldives. The new three-weekly Rome-Male service will operate for the whole winter season until 24 March 2018. The decision to launch this new service was taken to meet the increasing demand for flights between the two countries, especially during the winter period.
The new service is the fifth long-haul destination launched by Alitalia since last year – after Santiago de Chile, Mexico City, Beijing and Havana – and represents an important investment which aims to strengthen Alitalia’s presence in key routes for tourism to and from the Indian Ocean.
The new Rome-Male service will depart from Rome Fiumicino every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 9.45 pm and will land at 11.05 am (local time) on the following day. The return flight from the Maldives capital city will depart every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 1.10 pm (local time) and will land in Rome Fiumicino at 7.30 pm.
The new route will be operated with 250-seat Airbus 330 aircraft configured in three classes of service: business, premium economy and economy. On board the aircraft, Alitalia passengers will avail of newly renovated interiors, in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity for phone calls, Internet and e-mail. Business class passengers will be able to relax in luxurious Italian-brand Poltrona Frau leather seats that recline fully to a comfortable flatbed position and enjoy award-winning onboard dining featuring the best of Italian regional food and wine. Alitalia’s new ‘dine anytime’ meal service allows customers to decide when they prefer to eat on board. Travelers in premium economy can relax in a quiet cabin with dedicated services. Also in economy class, Alitalia commits to delivering maximum comfort and quality of service.
Furthermore, Alitalia flies to the Maldives thanks to its codeshare agreement on Etihad Airways flights to Male, via Abu Dhabi.